Blog Tour Book Review – The Baby Detective

The Baby Detective by Sarah Norris

The Blurb

The only parenting book that offers a unique, step-by-step guide to enable parents to solve baby care problems for themselves.

The Baby Detective is the only book of the parenting genre to develop a unique, step-by-step investigative process that will enable parents to solve their own baby care problems.

It puts them firmly back in the driving seat, giving them the tools to do away with sometimes conflicting and confusing expert advice, and to face parenting challenges using their own intuition.

Drawing on case studies of Sarah’s previous clients, the book is based around her unique principle of AIM, in which parents are guided through the process of Assessing a problematic situation, Investigating the possible causes and Modifying behaviour in order to resolve it.

It provides insight in to how and why environment, biology and personality interact to affect your baby, as well as suggesting numerous tips and strategies for remedying problems.

What I Thought

Where To Buy


The Author – Sarah Norris

With 25 years experience Sarah is one of the top maternity nurses and Baby Care Consultants in the UK, and is the author of the exciting new parenting book ‘The Baby Detective’ with Orion Books.

In her role as The Baby Detective, Sarah employs her unique investigative approach, based on clear thinking, common sense and compassion, to empower and encourage new parents, and to help guide and support them through the confusion that is modern day parenting.

Sarah is passionate about her work and is dedicated to providing advice that is non judgemental and unbiased, is equally supportive of all parenting and feeding methods, and is always respectful of the parents choices.

Social Media


Twitter @Baby_Detective

Blog Tour Book Review -The PawLife Guide: Dog Care At Home

#blogtober DAY THREE

For those of you who don’t know, I have a gorgeous staffie boy called Knox.  He is 18 months old, very lovable and mischievous and who loves to play!  We rescued him aged six months and we are still trying to train certain behaviours out of him but he has come on amazingly.


The PawLife Guide: Dog Care at Home by Gina Harding


The Blurb

DOG CARE AT HOME gives you the information you need to have a happy and healthy dog no matter what your dog’s current stage in life, in just 10 minutes a day. Over 200 hours of research including interviews with veterinarians and fellow dog owners around the world, Dog Care at Home is the all-in-one book to have at home, with six veterinarians that have contributed to this ultimate guide, rest assured you are in reliable hands.

Inside you will discover: –

Choosing the right breed – The basic steps of raising a puppy – What vaccinations are for and why your dog needs them – Travelling with your dog – How to perform CPR on your dog – Health and hygiene including dental care – Choosing the right veterinarian – When it’s time to say goodbye – And much more!

PawLife’s Dog Care at Home is the answer for all your dog parenting needs in one comprehensive guide that ensures your dog lives a long, healthy and happy life.

What I Thought

This is a great guide for anyone considering getting a dog.  It covers all the tings you will need to think about in good detail.  I know many people who have got a dog based on the most popular breed at the time, or the one they thinks looks the cutest.  This guide will help people look at choosing a dog as a big decision – which breed will suit your lifestyle?  It also acts as a checklist for all the things you will need to provide for your dog once you have one, including training tips, choosing a vet, health and feeding.

This book is perfect for anyone wanting to add a fur-baby to their family and I would highly recommend it to those before they take the plunge.

Where To Buy

Purchase from Amazon UK 

The Author – Gina Harding

Gina is an enthusiastic dog lover, so much so that she founded her own dog blog business called PawLife, which has been awarded top 10 Australian Dog Blog. This wouldn’t be possible without her best friend Harley, who is a toy poodle mix. They are continually going on new adventures, testing out new squeaky toys.


Gina recently discovered her writing passion and wanted to create the ultimate guidebook that would support, educate and inspire pet parents and yet to be pet parents around the world. Gina and Harley are originally from Australia, where the weather is always beautiful. This is Gina’s first book and looks forward to writing many more to help fellow pet-parents; with her fur-baby Harley by her side.

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Giveaway – Win a 12 Piece Dog Toy Starter Box from Zenify (Open Internationally)+


Enter HERE

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Good luck with the giveaway everybody!  I know Knox would love this bundle of goodies, what a fantastic prize!  Would love to hear about your doggy companions, if you have one let me know a bit about them in the comments box below.

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book in return for a review.  All opinions contained in the review are my own.  Check out the other reviews on the blog tour –



Father’s Day Gift Guide

Happy Hump Day!  Hope you are having a wonderful week so far?  Please excuse my absence.  I was extremely busy getting my examination assignment finished for uni last week and I have not been too well over the weekend so took Monday as a rest day.

Today I am back with lots of great ideas for your lovely Dad’s, Grandads and whoever else you may be celebrating this Father’s Day.  I hope you like  my ideas and are filled with inspiration.


Giftpup offer some amazing personalised gifts for those special men in your life.  We received this personalised pint glass from them and the boys gave it to Ste a little early as they wanted to cheer him up when he wasn’t feeling very well.  It arrived quickly and was well packaged so it was not damaged.  The personalisation is really good and Ste loved it.


I love the fact that Giftpup has a wide selection and also offers Step-Dad gifts as they aren’t available everywhere.  I really liked this cushion from them which can be personalised in so many different ways, including with photographs.  And which Dad or Grandad doesn’t have their own spot on the sofa where other people aren’t allowed to sit?!




Mainland Menswear is a leading menswear retailer offering a huge range of brands, including designer ones.  I ordered this gorgeous wallet set for my own Dad (I hope he isn’t reading this!) as I liked the tartan detail which I think he will love due to his Scottish roots.  Delivery was really quick and the customer service I received was fab.



Order your wallet set by clicking here


Do you have a geography loving Dad or a place that is special to you both or to him?  Ordnance Survey offers the opportunity to order custom made, traditional OS maps.  Prices start from £16.95 and can also include photo personalisation.  Maybe choose a memorable holiday destination or his favourite fishing spot for a really unique gift which can be treasured.

The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps

A great gift for the Dad who thinks he knows everything!  Five star rated and full of information for the technology ‘geek’ who will adore this low-cost gift full of great ideas.

gizmo guide

Find out more about then book and it’s author by clicking here


Dobell is ‘The Smart Man’s choice’ and offers a fantastic and unique range of ties and cuff-links among other things at fantastic prices.  I ordered these amazing PS4 controller cuff-links for Ste as it is a great gift which he can keep and it is something that he and the boys love to do together.  I was really impressed with the speedy delivery and the fab packaging.  Ste is going to love them!



You can order these cuff-links here and TODAY ONLY they have a 20% sale offer with the discount code DAD20 so it is the perfect time to pick up a gift while saving money!


Speck has a fab range of phone cases and are all about a slim design with maximum protection.  Their cases are able to withstand a drop of up to 3 metres.  If your Dad is anything like Ste, this is a must have!




GiftsOnline4U offer a huge range of personalised Father’s Day gifts..  They have a fantastic range of watches for both the wrist and some gorgeous pocket watches.  These can be made that bit more special by having the back engraved with a message of your choice.  I have ordered this watch for Ste from the kids and have had a message put on the back from them.  Even with personalisation I was really impressed with the delivery time.  When it arrived I was stunned, it is even better in real life than the website pictures show.  I can’t wait for him to see it as I think he will love it and be really touched.  He is a huge watch fan but the additional engraving will mean such a lot to him.

See more of the range –  ‘Engraved Watches’

Other great gift ideas on the website include personalised alcohol gift sets for fans of everything from gin to whisky to even a home brew kit for the Dad fancying a try of beer brewing for himself!  They also have some fab little tools which can also be personalised for the handy, DIY Dads and Grandads out there.  Free delivery is available on all their products and next day delivery is also available on 98% of their personalised products – perfect for the last minute shopper!


Perfect for the Dad’s who like to stay trim and dapper, Wilkinson Sword have bought out a new razor just in time for Father’s Day.  The Hydro 5 Sense razor will be perfect with a great range of features including shock absorbing technology which helps adjust the pressure on the face for the ultimate close shave.



Perfect for the foodie Dad, these amazing Italian food hampers contain a great selection of food and drink sourced direct from Italy.  The photos on here literally made my mouth water – never mind the men, I would love a bit of this!  Many of the hampers are organic and there are vegetarian and vegan options available.


I was absolutely delighted to be contacted by this website as I had a real giggle viewing their cards!  Me and my brothers often like to find our parent’s the funniest cards we can and thortful had lots of fab potential cards for my Dad.  I eventually selected this one and love the special options you could select to make your card that extra bit special.  I went for this chocolate sampler idea but there are a few different ones.


They have also offered a discount code for my wonderful readers.  To get a 20% discount use the code SPOONIEMUMMY at checkout

T&Cs apply – valid until 08.06.18, new customers only, does not include postage


A great game for Dad’s and kid’s alike.  Perfect for football fan’s to recreate the ‘beautiful’ game.  The footballer figures can also be painted so they can be designed to wear Dad’s favourite team colours.

footie game


Neil Martin is a Scottish, bespoke, wooden box maker.  They are crafted from sustainable sourced timber, predominately Scottish hardwoods.  They can be lined with your choice from a wide range of materials.  A gorgeous present for the Dad who has everything but needs somewhere to keep it!





You can also visit their Etsy store here


Last but not least I picked Ste up this t-shirt to wear on Father’s Day from Peacocks.  It was just £6 and I thought it would be perfect for the day!



I hope you like my selections, let me know in the comments below which is your favourite and if you order any.  And to all the Dad readers out there, I hope you have a fantastic day and get thoroughly spoilt in a couple of weeks!


Those marked with a star may have sent a product in return for being included.  This has not affected my views in any way and all opinions are my own